State of the Site – 2017

From 1996 to 2011, offered monthly publication of roughly eight book reviews and ten movies reviews.  This eventually averaged out to about 96 book reviews and 120 movie reviews per year… not bad for volunteer work.

Due to happy lifestyle changes, however, this rhythm started sputtering in mid-2011. By early 2012, following the birth of my daughter, I placed the site in semi-hiatus. (Slowing down on hobbies isn’t uncommon for new parents, I’m told.) Rather than to publish following a monthly quota, I found myself writing occasional book reviews when the mood struck me (roughly one per month) and jotting down shorted capsule movies reviews, posting the edited results once a year in a massive round-up. As a result, slowed but didn’t stop: While the number of book reviews is down since 2012, the number of movie reviews went up, reflecting my own preferences (some of them a result of circumstance, as in: not taking the bus anymore) for entertainment.

But while the total number of reviews is encouraging, I can’t promise regular updates for the moment.  I end up working best in batches, and while uploading 390 reviews at once isn’t a piece of cake (yes, that happened!), it kind of works better from a pure optimization perspective.  Still: I’m going to try to optimize my life back to a monthly posting schedule, but don’t be surprised if it doesn’t happen. I’ll be scribbling notes in the background and I’m giving myself excuses to not feel forced to put up content.  We’ll see how this goes.

I eventually expect to be back to a more rigorous publishing schedule whenever circumstances allow.  In the meantime, feel free to leave comments!

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